Archive for the ‘Play-Off Final’ Category

Just Another Case Of History Repeating Itself? 6 Weeks On From Wembley

A warm hearty Tilehurst End welcome to our newest writer Chris Hartley who shares his thoughts on the play-off final 6 weeks on.

It has been two long months since Phil Dowd blew the final whistle on another Reading Defeat in a Playoff final, the clubs third and in my opinion it was this defeat of all the defeats in Playoff Finals that wrangles most with me.

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The Play-off Ticket Experience – Part Two

June 23, 2011 4 comments

Yesterday we looked at the experiences of those who bought play-off final tickets in person at the Madejski Stadium, as reported to The Tilehurst End in the survey we ran in the weeks before the final.  Those experiences were almost universally positive praising the whole ticket-buying process and especially the efficiency of Sales Centre staff.

Today, in the second part of this four-part series, we look at the experiences of those who purchased tickets by phone from the ticketing agency TicketZone.   And if you’re wondering what the other two parts are, tomorrow we’ll look at those who purchased tickets from Ticketzone over the internet, and then we’ll tie these three strands together with an analysis of the whole tickets system, how it came about and what we’re doing with the survey results.

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The Play-off Ticket Experience – Part One

June 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Now that the pain of the play-off final is starting to recede, The Tilehurst End has analysed the results of the survey we ran in May about the pain that so many experienced in the weeks before the Final – the purchasing of tickets. Read more…

Dear Mr Rodgers

June 1, 2011 8 comments

Defeat is never easy to take, but that 4-2 loss at Wembley was particularly painful not only because of the occasion and what victory would mean, but because the opposition manager was our manager last season – and was a flop after the hype surrounding him.

After the jump you will be able to read my ‘letter’ to Brendan Rodgers, a man I used to like. Read more…

The Play-Offs – You Can Keep Them Thanks

June 1, 2011

We’re always keen to hear from Royals fans on their views and experiences and today we’ve got a piece written by Mike Alexander on the Play-Off Final experience. 

If you’d like to submit anything to the site please don’t hesitate to email us at or via our twitter or Facebook page. 

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Match Review: Reading FC 2-4 Swansea City – Wembley

May 31, 2011 4 comments

May 30, 2011

So we’ll be playing in the Championship next year? Sadly so, a 4-2 defeat to Swansea sees them take the final promotion place, not us.

The Team? Federici, Griffin (Robson-Kanu), Harte, Khizinishvili, Mills, Leigertwood, Karacan, Kebe, McAnuff, Hunt (Church), Long.

Attendance: 86,581

MOTM: Jem Karacan, the guy never stopped working and was so very nearly the hero, seeing his goalbound shot deflected onto the post.

Below, I’ll be chewing over yesterday’s result and looking at what could have been.

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Made a note in my diary – simply said “Bugger”

May 30, 2011 6 comments

So, Christmas day has been and gone, and after all the expectation the exquisitely wrapped present turned out to be just a lump of

Perhaps the big mistake was investing so much emotional energy into the game, but in many ways that’s unavoidable.  It’s been interesting over the past couple of weeks to see the differing excitement levels of different Reading supporters.   The youngsters who’ve never experienced a play-off final before, have been massively excited and completely invested in the final, but the older heads have been a bit different.   As well as being more world-wise and cynical, they’ve (or rather we’ve!) started off being a lot more detached, and refusing to get fully drawn into the excitement – possibly as a defence mechanism.     Read more…

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